Revisiting the National Archives' Photos of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney on 9/11
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Revisiting the National Archives' Photos of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney on 9/11

Published by the National Archives, the photos are by a Vice Presidential staff photographer.
September 11, 2015, 12:00am

This article was originally published July 24, 2015 on VICE.

In July, the National Archives published a huge cache of previously unseen photos of Vice President Dick Cheney on September 11, 2001. There's no apparent connection to a special anniversary, or some kind of current event with a special connection to the deadliest terrorist attack in US history.

Instead, the photo dump was a part of a larger response to a Freedom of Information Act request asking for "responsive photos from the White House Photo Office." According to The Hill, the FOIA request was from Colette Hanna who works for Frontline on PBS.

In the photos, Cheney looks like a worried Vice President watching something terrible happen, and then talking to his staff about what to do next.

The photos are by a Vice Presidential staff photographer, who snapped the shutter liberally throughout the day as Cheney met with President Bush, and staffers like Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, and Cheney's chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. It must have been obvious at the time that a whole lot of history was happening.

All 356 photos are available on Flickr.

Note: A previous version captioned photos with "Air Force Two" in Error. The name of the helicopter is "Marine Two."

Vice President Cheney and Lynne Cheney Walk Toward Marine Two

Cheney with President Bush

CIA Director George Tenet Watches President Bush on TV in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

Vice President Cheney at His Desk

Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby

Condoleezza Rice with Colin Powell

Marine Two Leaving

Lynne and Dick Cheney on Marine Two

Laura Bush